April 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Seminoles spent Friday at the chilly Scott Speicher Tennis Center, but finished the day with two wins over UNF and Boston College. The men's tennis team improved to 16-6 on the year and 3-3 in the ACC. Florida State topped North Florida 4-1 in the afternoon and then concluded the night with a 6-1 win over BC.
"It was good to get both doubles points today," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Our doubles record has been outstanding this year. We dominated and got off to a good start. It was a good day. We did what we expected, North Florida gave us a pretty good push there and it was a little bit of a tough match. We only dropped two points today so that's good."
The Seminoles had a strong back in doubles going 4-0 on the day. The Osprey's gave Florida State some problems at the beginning of the day but the Seminoles gained control with an 8-3 win by junior Blake Davis and sophomore Dominic Cotrone on court two. On court three, seniors Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson Reed clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory.
Against Boston College, the Seminoles came out strong and ended strong with two 8-4 wins on court two and three. Davis and Cotrone are now 9-1 this year after defeating Billy Grokenberger and Matt Wagner on two while Kelly-Houston and Reed are now 12-4 this spring after beating Kyle Childree and Alexandre Thirouin.
"Doubles is a strong point for our team," said Reed. "It was great for us to start both of our matches at 1-0. It was important for our team to get two good starts and it set the tone of singles."
Taking on North Florida in singles, Reed defeated Norbert Nemcsek 6-2, 7-5 and is one win away from having 20 singles win in a season. Sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez won next on court six be topping Leonardo Nahar 6-2, 7-6 (3). Freshman Michael Rinaldi clinched the match for the Seminoles by winning 6-4, 6-4 over Pedro Davisson. The Seminole was down 2-4 in both sets and fought back to win both.
"It was a tight match and was down a break in both sets," said Rinaldi. "I just kept fighting back and got the win. I kept at it and had a ton of breakpoints."
Against Boston College, Davis came off the courts first with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jonathan Raude on court three. Senior Andres Bucaro won the next match for the Seminoles by topping Childree 6-2, 6-1on court five. No. 121 Cotrone clinched the match for the Seminoles by defeating Philip Nelson 6-3, 6-1.
Gonzalez Mendez finished the day as the only Seminole to win two singles matches on the day. He topped Grokenberger 6-4, 6-0 on court four. Lock posted the last win of the day by defeating McGinnis 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).
"Both wins were very important to me," said Gonzalez Mendez. "I've been out most of the season and it's always tough to come back from an injury. These two matches were really tough but I got two wins so that builds my confidence for the rest of the season."
The Seminoles have the rest of the weekend off and will travel to Wake Forest and North Carolina next weekend. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com. You can also follow the team at Twitter.com/FSU_MTennis.